Rashadah Jordan, PA-C, PSY-CAQ, current DMSc student, is discovering early in her career that she likes to mentor and teach. “I am developing an online coaching program for PAs — there are many potential PA students out there who don’t realize the opportunities available to them in this profession.” Videos on her YouTube channel, Reese the Psych PA-C, describe what life is like as a psych PA.
Her coaching program launches the week of Thanksgiving and will help students who are applying to PA school. She plans to delve into topics such as how to write a personal statement, picking your top 5 schools, and identifying individuals to write recommendation letters. “I am passionate about advancing our profession and spreading information about what being a PA is all about. I believe there are a lot of young people out there who would be interested in our profession.”
PA Jordan works in psychiatry, but she was initially set on becoming a pediatric cardiology PA. “I was very focused on cardiology, until we started really digging into studying EKGs. Fortunately, I realized early on that maybe this wasn’t for me. I wanted to move into a different area. I didn’t pick psychiatry — psychiatry picked me,” she reflects. PA Jordan discovered psych during a behavioral health rotation in her clinical year, and fell in love with it. “I found that I was naturally very good in this field, and that it came easily to me.”
As a psych PA, she has seen an uptick in anxiety levels among her patients. She sees between 12 and 25 patients per day, with a patient population age 5 and up. “I work with children in group homes, some from detention centers, in foster care, and of course some with very traumatic backgrounds. It is difficult but very rewarding work.” PA Jordan performs assessments for medication management, and makes referrals as needed for counseling or medical issues. “My director is a PA, and I work with three other PAs. Our supervising physician has his own practice across the city. I became an advocate because PAs need the authority to practice independently, because it’s what we are already doing.”
She believes the DMSc will help her gain the knowledge to be an advocate for independent practice. “I want to pursue my doctorate because there are so many avenues presented to advance the PA profession,” she says. Currently, PA Jordan is an NCCPA ambassador, a position she will hold for the next year. “I have enjoyed meeting the leadership at high levels within the PA profession, and I am learning in this role.” She is also interested in pursuing the executive leadership certificate and is considering the public health certificate as well. “Having this body of knowledge will definitely help me communicate in leadership circles on advancing the profession, and disseminating information about PAs to the general public.”
PA Jordan’s website can be found at www.dreamsinspirelife.com and on Instagram at DreamsInspireLife.